umadoshi: (Peace Love Bake (shoegal_icons))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Thank you for your gratifying reactions to the Count's name, y'all. ^_^ Preliminary signs suggest that I'll probably always include "the" when using the name; during that first trial run, I was cheerfully saying things like "Good job, the Count!" *g*

I wonder what the odds are that we can find little fang stickers for him. (I suppose they'd probably be fairly simple to make.)

I used to bake a fair bit--not a vast amount, but I used to make my own muffins for breakfast and make other things pretty routinely. It sort of fell gradually by the wayside, and because anxiety messes me up at least a little about rather a lot of things, somewhere along the line I vaguely concluded that I'd stopped because I was anxious about it. (And it doesn't help that it wasn't really a process I actively enjoyed--I liked the satisfaction of having done it, as well as having the results.)

Last weekend, when I was in a household-puttering mood and [personal profile] scruloose was mostly focused on dealing with toilet installation, I tackled a corner of the pantry...which translated into throwing out or composting basically everything baking-related, because most of it was long past its expiration date, not having been touched in forever. >.< And that sucked.

But it also got me thinking about timelines, and I realized that there was a factor to my losing the baking habit that I hadn't really considered at all: somewhere in the vicinity of the same time, [personal profile] scruloose and I started spending a lot of time hanging out with Kas. Kas, who actively bakes to relax. Who was in the habit of just turning up for hangouts with a tin or two of tasty baked goods. (Who, once he had a permanent key to our place, would sometimes swing by even if [personal profile] scruloose and I were out someplace and leave baked goods on the counter.)

COULD THERE BE A CONNECTION??? Clearly it's a mystery for the ages.

(I shared this revelation with him the other night when he and Ginny were here for supper...when he had just unexpectedly brought me a lemon loaf. *g* [I had mentioned to Ginny at work that Kas' lemon loaf was probably my single-favorite thing that he makes, and I missed it a little; he's been more focused on other things for a couple of years. It was not meant as a hint! But she relayed it and boom, lemon loaf. {He also said he'd literally had lemons on the counter that he was planning to make use of anyway, so the timing was good. But still. He's one hell of a friend.}])

Still winter

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:36 am
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[personal profile] lizziebelle

Life has been pretty uneventful lately, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Especially in winter. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel; the willows are turning that yellowish color, and all the winter merchandise has gone on clearance in the stores. Hey, I bought a pair of $70 boots for $30, I know how to work the sales. All those years in retail haven't entirely gone to waste.

That handsome fella above is Izzie, my friends' cat. I was kitty sitting earlier this month, and as he and his sister were starved for attention, I got followed everywhere. Even to the bathroom. Silly beasts.

I'm making tentative plans for a possible trip to California. I have never been there, and an old friend extended an invitation to stay with him in L.A. last time he was visiting. And I know a couple of folks from here who live there, too. So I'll investigate fares, check with my friend for possible dates, and hope for the best. My niece, and my bro & sis-in-law, all visited there last year, and it's one of those places (like New York or D.C.) that I've seen on TV and in movies all my life. I have a list of places I want to see. If you've been, what were your favorite places?

It's just that there's so much to do

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:20 am
musesfool: MWPP-era Sirius (we all shine on)
[personal profile] musesfool
I posted a story yesterday:

Quiet Kisses Are So Hardcore (@ AO3)
Harry Potter; Sirius/Remus; au; pg; 1465 words
Sirius knows being in love is totally punk rock.

This is a very truncated MWPP Band AU, a genre of which I am exceedingly fond (you should all read Marauder Rhombus and cry because there isn't a million more words of it but be happy there is as much as there is), but for which I do not currently have the stamina to write the 10,000 word story this really should be. I got to the kissing part, anyway, which was mainly what I wanted to do. *hands*

This weekend I also baked a lemon cake and two loaves of bread (pics) and then used most of the bread to make French onion panade (pic) which is delicious and will feed me for a week (literally). However, it seems like an awful lot of work for something that was likely invented to use up leftovers (stale bread, old onions, the remains of cheese and soup). *hands* I'm glad I made it and I might make it again at some point, but it is A Lot. Though I imagine most people don't bake bread just to make it, so that part's on me, I guess. (the bread is so worth it though!) I think I'll just stick with one pot French onion pasta instead.

Today, I'm going to try chicken with 40 cloves of garlic in the slow cooker, but I forgot to buy potatoes (they're not something I just have on hand), so I'm just going to add rice when there's like two hours left to go.

I also still have some heavy cream left so I might make some ice cream later. *hands* It keeps me out of trouble, anyway.


Not really AFK

Feb. 18th, 2019 07:16 am
muccamukk: Graham holds up a cut out paper string of girls. (Cheerleader: Girls Girls Girls)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I'm heading up to another station until Friday, so will be less at K, I guess.

Had another whack at the More Joy Day prompts (hello a month late), and wrote: due South drabble: The Doughnaughts of Chicago

I'll try to get the rest done while I'm on the Island of Less Internet.

Randomly: I still need an icon that says "YES HOMO!" in big block text, and possibly one that says "QUEER" with rainbow sparkles.

This goes beyond what I can fathom

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:46 pm
oursin: Cartoon hedgehog going aaargh (Hedgehog goes aaargh)
[personal profile] oursin

Or, being home IT support...

Partner's computer has been connected to the home network via a TP Powerline, i.e. an ethernet connection.

There have lately been problems and in fact, the connection has defaulted to the (weak and fluctuating) wifi that reaches the back room.

We have therefore replaced the existing TP Powerline (which was of some antiquity, as I recall), but this does not seem to have fixed the problem. The computer recognises that there is an ethernet connection to the home network there, but says there is No Internet.

This is getting beyond my competence to deal with.

O, all knowledge which is on Dreamwidth, can you help me?

ETANow seems to have sorted itself! Boggle.

Pimp: St. Elsewhere by CatDetective

Feb. 18th, 2019 06:11 am
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[personal profile] catdetective posting in [community profile] smallfandomfest

Why you should watch St. Elsewhere

In part, because I love it and I desperately want to be able to talk about it with more people. But there’s a whole lot of real reasons why you should watch St. Elsewhere. While only the first season has ever been released on DVD, the whole show is available as it originally aired on Hulu, and episodes from s1, s4, s5, and s6 are on youtube in their entirety. (I presume there are places it can be streamed less legally, but I wouldn’t know who has it, as I’ve been watching on Hulu, where the quality is as good as it’s going to get, compared to what you put up with trying to watch it on youtube)

Read more... )
muccamukk: Delenn smiling slightly. Text: Faith Manages. (B5: Faith Manages)
[personal profile] muccamukk
[personal profile] nenya_kanadka posted: Day 17 - Crafts - Delenn sock doll
She is about 8" or 10" tall; her body is made from a white crew sock that I dyed with tea. Her hair is yarn and so is her crest--I actually had no idea how I was going to make the crest until Mucca suggested crocheting it. I think it worked fairly well.

She is VERY cuddly. :D

Click through for adorable sockdoll.

[007] Keen To Act (Wayfarers)

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:00 pm
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[personal profile] alobear posting in [community profile] fandomweekly
Theme Prompt: 007 - Travel Plans
Title: Keen to Act
Fandom: Wayfarers books by Becky Chambers
Rating/Warnings: None
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 602
Summary: Pepper finally knows how to get back to her planet and now she wants to save all those she left behind.

Read more... )

100 day project - Day 49 question

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:39 pm
fred_mouse: line drawing of a ladybug with love-heart shaped balloons (ladybug)
[personal profile] fred_mouse
With the 100 day project, there are daily emails, each of which has a productivity related question. It used to be that I completely ignored these, but in the last week I've started thinking about them. I'm probably not going to write about all of them, but I am thinking about writing about the odd one, when both energy and opportunity collide.

Day 49 question - What do you most often choose to ignore?

I feel like the answer to this one, if I could truly get to the core of it, would probably be an epiphany. As it is, at the moment, I have a list of a whole pile of ideas of things that I choose to ignore. Deadlines, the most important task on my desk, sensible self care (not eating the chocolate, going to bed at a sensible hour, not eating the tasty tasty poison). Phone calls. Nearly complete projects (this one is not news to me, I've been doing it for years). Plodding on with tasks I've already got going, rather than working on the exciting new one I want to start Right Now.

I'm reminded of a comment that a friend made -- that while they can get their space tidy, they can't keep it that way, because of what tidy space signifies to them (I don't remember exactly what that was). So, while they like the idea of tidy, the minute they have it, they go into disorganised mode, and leave things all over the tidy. Which, I resemble. Clear floor is anxiety inducing. Mess is too, but not to the same extent.

(no subject)

Feb. 18th, 2019 07:45 am
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] kshandra had major surgery at the end of 2018, and has since struggled with bills, especially after a much smaller than expected tax refund. She's offering comissions starting at $10; you can see fandom-specific examples at her tumblr, or more general examples of her work at DeviantArt. You can also simply donate at her Ko-Fi.

[ profile] desiterus is raising funds after he and [ profile] cptprocrastination have been warned that if they don't pay their back rent, they will be evicted. She's been searching for a job while struggling with meantal and physical health, and he has been trying to deal with bad fibromyalgia. You can read more and reblog here.

[ profile] aritrahan has created a Patreon to help finance his transition and an eventual move away from emotionally abusive family members. His Patreon features art, fiction, songs, and photography in return for support; you can check out his Patreon here and his Dreamwidth (for more information) at [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron.

[ profile] molly-ren linked to a fundraiser for Ian and Liz, who had started a small freelance business, then lost all their clients when Ian came out as trans. Ian also recently had a medical incident that they are struggling to cover bills for, while also covering their health insurance and rent/utilities. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to fundraiser for [ profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower, who has settled with her family in their new home but are still fundraising for rent, particularly after Drougnor (her husband) lost his job. She's clearing out dolls, doll accessories on eBay, and sells jewelery as well. You can check out her doll stuff here and jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal.

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Deconstruct, a "language-agnostic software development conference" which is looking for first-time conference speakers. The conference is in Seattle this coming July, and speakers receive up to a $2K honorarium, with travel expenses covered and coach and mentor speakers to help them prepare their talks. You can read more about this opportunity here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
spikedluv: (hit the floor: zude - kissing by everyda)
[personal profile] spikedluv
W00t! It’s time for another round-up of Daily Zude posts from [community profile] team_zude! I hope you enjoy them. *g*

more back here )
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[personal profile] morgandawn
If your fanvid has been blocked on YouTube and Vimeo, you can embed it into your WordPress site (get one for free) if the free Wordpress site allows you to install custom/3rd party plugins. From there you can then stream the vid stored on, Google Drive or Dropbox using a Wordpress Media Plugin.

Each of these storage sites has bandwidth limits (see discussion about Dropbox, and Google Drive) so you would use this only for vids that have been blocked on YouTube.

The name of the plugin is WP Cloud Plugins

You can compare the various plugins for, Google drive and Dropbox here

One time license cost

Thanks to [personal profile] vidderkidder for the info

[personal profile] sovay has a way with words

Feb. 18th, 2019 07:28 am
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] metaquotes
I believe we were on Walnut Street over the commuter rail tracks when Rob said something about our government and I said, "Yeah, well, Mitch McConnell ripped his own spine out from between his shoulder blades three years ago and laid it at the feet of the neo-Nazis to use as a bridge, so I don't really care what he thinks."

Context is fuelled by barbecued meats and tiki drinks.
marinathena: Close-up of Eagle Marin, an Amazon from Saint Seiya (Marin's Face)
[personal profile] marinathena posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Saint Seiya
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ophiuchus Shaina
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] Dark-Vanessa (generally NSFW, although the specific piece I'm reccing here is definitely SFW)
Why this piece is awesome: The artist dresses and depicts Shaina in a way that's very similar to how Athena is usually portrayed, but with evident snake-related symbology added to her jewelry and her staff, which makes a significant difference. Although Shaina still also wears the original head piece from her Silver Cloth, here she looks like she either has become some sort of snake deity or is making the transition from Amazon to goddess. Both possibilities are awesome, and say a lot about the artist's creativity and passion for the character.
Link: Deviantart

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